Am 17.04.2012 17:38, Tom Davies wrote:
Would it be easy to upgrade the HSqlDb embedded in Base or would all the tweaks need to be applied?
Are the tweaks vital or could they left out?
The easiest improvements in my honest opinion:
- Wipe out the .odb container all together and get back to the
configuration of database access in OOo 1. Back to external databases
with configuration data in configuration files, forms and reports in
stand-alone office documents. More speed more safety, security,
accessibility and transparency. People who do not understand how to
connect separated software tools do not understand the .odb container
neither (as we can read in all the mail merge topics).
- Remove all the half done wizards. Do not improve them. Remove! No
database developer nor interface designer needs all this stinky rubbish.
There are graphical tools to compose forms and reports within office
documents. There is SQL for all the rest, including all the things we
can not do in the current graphical interface. There are plenty of SQL
editors to produce valid SQL for various databases. SQL text can be
pasted into any database configuration.
- Add native database queries, so the current "direct SQL mode" returns
editable row sets and the (useless or even harmful) graphical query
designer can be removed as well.
- Having removed all the wizards (they are Java components) without
losing any functionality at all, extensions could substitute .odb
packages. When you open the extension, the database gets installed
_permanently_ (rather than _temporarily_ like the .odb) into the
configuration tree together with the forms and reports documents. The
database will be registered and all the tables, queries, forms and
reports are accessible form the data source window, hyperlinks and
desktop links just like it used to be in OOo 1.
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